Filed under: Art | Tags: Art, byron winton, dark, design, halloween, hatfield, illustration, ink, macabre, masque, painting, pencil, pittsburgh, sketch, zombo
I am a master craftsman specializing in, but not limited to, images of dark fantasy and fiction mainly depicted through acrylic painting. Other mediums include photography, ink, and digital manipulation. Providing a keen eye for design and detail, I believe in the highest impact and satisfaction my work can offer.
Filed under: Logo Design | Tags: branding, custom, design, ferraro, font, gray, green, grey, initials, leigh, lettering, logo, mark, monogram, seamstress, stitch, typography
I recently completed a logo for a good friend of mine who needed an identity for her freelancing. I played on the concept of stitching as I created a monogram and custom font. This was featured over at logogala.com recently as well.
Filed under: Art | Tags: American, Art, design, drawing, illustration, Inspiration, Peter Driben, pinup, retro, vintage, women
* As a disclaimer, I am well aware that I have been very light on the amount of posts on this blog and wanted to let readers know that this lack of regular posting is a byproduct of my work to redesign the Schweitz Design blog as well as my own portfolio site. That being said, the recent post of pinups from Rolf Armstrong were pretty popular and I have another collection from American pinup great Peter Driben. Enjoy.
From the Wiki:
Peter Driben, an American pin-up artist, was perhaps one of the most productive pin-up artists of the 1940s and 1950′s . Although both Alberto Vargas and Gil Elvgren have extensive catalogues of work, neither came close to the output of Driben. Driben’s pinups delighted the American public from the beginning of World War II until the great baby boom of the 1950s.
Born in Boston, Driben studied at Vesper George Art School before moving to Paris (circa 1925). While taking classes at the Sorbonne in 1925, he began a series of highly popular pen-and-ink drawings of the city’s showgirls. His first known pin-up was the cover to Tattle Tales in October 1934, and by 1935 he was producing covers for Snappy, Pep, New York Nights, French Night Life and Caprice. Driben’s popularity continued to rise in the late thirties with covers for Silk Stocking Stories, Gay Book, Movie Merry-Go-Round and Real Screen Fun.
Driben’s career expanded into advertisting with his move to New York in late 1936. He created original three-dimensional die-cut window displays for Philco Radios, Cannon Bath Towels, and the Weber Baking Company. Perhaps his most famous work being the original posters and publicity artwork for The Maltese Falcon. Peter Driben was also a close friend of publisher Robert Harrison, and in 1941 was contracted to produce covers for Harrison’s new magazine Beauty Parade. Driben went on to paint hundreds of covers for that publication and for the other seven titles Harrison was to launch – Flirt, Whisper, Titter, Wink, Eyeful, Giggles, and Joker . Driben would often have as many as six or seven of his covers being published every month. Driben’s work for Harrison established him as one of America’s most recognized and successful pin-up and glamour artists. Just before he began to work for Harrison, Driben married the artist, actress and poet, Louise Kirby.
In 1944 he was offered the the unusual opportunity, for a pin-up artist, of becoming the art director of the New York Sun, a post he retained until 1946. During the war, his popular painting of American soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima sparked a considerable amount of media attention.
In 1956, Driben and Louise moved to Miami Beach, where he spent his retirement years painting portraits (including one of Dwight D. Eisenhower) and other fine-art works, which were organized into successful exhibitions by his wife. Driben died in 1975, Louise in 1984.
Filed under: Art | Tags: 1920's, abstract, Art, constructivism, design, geometric, propoganda, russia, shapes
Abduzeedo has a great collection of Russian Constructivist art/design work. I really love this style, expecially the angular and blocky typography associated with it. Check it out here. Happy Friday everybody and have a great holiday weekend.
Filed under: Logo Design | Tags: 2016, branding, chicago, concept, design, event branding, logo, Logo Design, madrid, olympics, summer
Today’s post on the Graphic Design Blog highlights the logos in contention for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The article reflects on the four logo concepts that are in the running for the shortlisted cities as well as taking a look at some of the cities that have already been eliminated from the running.
Event branding is something I personally am really interested in, having written about it here and here. The unique opportunity to wholly brand an event, especially an event like the Olympics wherein so much collateral material will be derived from the main brand, represents a both challenging and ultimately really rewarding experience for designers.
My personal take on the above logos is that they all work on really great concepts and are very nicely executed. Visually, and this is ignoring my national prejudice, I think the Chicago logo is the most striking. Conceptually, I love the Madrid logo and the subtle “m” formed by the hand print. Read the whole article here and draw your own conclusions.
Filed under: Inspiration | Tags: architecture, Art, baking, cake, craftsmanship, cupcakes, design, discipline, Inspiration, media, nerdy, Photography, pshpin, sugar
Reading I’mJustCreative, subscribing to Communication Arts and buying the Pushpin Graphic are all great ways to garner knowledge and gain inspiration when it comes to design. Beyond the obvious sources though are a myriad of inspiring items from a multitude of disciplines. I find myself always observing, whether it be architecture, photography or interpretive dance (the latter typically much less than the two former but I believe you can surmise where this is going.)
Having said that, I urge to head over to geekpadshow and check out 20 Pictures of Nerdy Cupcakes. as one with not only an appreciation for art in all its froms, but also a serious interest in delicious baked goods, I found this collection really inspiring. The clear marks of craftmanship and dynamic use of colored sugar grace these cakes in stylish and well-constructed packages.
Filed under: branding | Tags: logo, design, branding, logo gala, blue, construction, pittsburgh, connections, feature, pcc, hypocylcoid, grey, corporate, engineer, architect
Once again, Deron Sizemore over at logo gala has featured some of my work. The PCC logo I crafted a few months back was a “featured logo” over at the site. Read the article here for my design process.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: color, design, illustration, invitation, letterforms, print, providence connections, typography
Last week I was working on an invitation for non-profit organization Providence Connections. The event they are putting on is called “The Family Tree of Life.” I was given the direction that they wanted to play on the tree concept and wanted the invite to be very colorful. With that in mind I went ahead and did some illustration work including the above “Tree typography.” The folks at PC were really pleased with the final invite and i was more than happy to do some neat, colorful illustration.
Filed under: Design Theory | Tags: comments, concept, culture, design, experience, inforgraphic, interpretation, theory, users, viewers
The recent lack of posts has been due to some excellent vacationing but I’ve returned to the blogosphere and the above infographic (seen via Digg) caught my eye. As is the case with many of the popular infographics that grace the front page of digg, this is pretty well designed and touches on a topic with wide appeal. I have a problem with it however and I’m not quite sure whether it’s a legitimate design issue or a fault in my personal perception.
My problem is with the key which clarifies the underlying color coding of the infographic. The key reads from top to bottom, or rather from “undetermined” to “nailed it” in this case. This is all well and good in the stand alone sense. Logic dictates that a list going from essentially “least” to “most” makes perfect sense. However, the graphic itself does not read this way for me. Since the ones who “nailed it” are essentially in the top right, I read this graph from top right down. This means the graph reads in the exact opposite direction of the key. For me, this is a usability issue. It makes the graph harder to understand (which is wholly problematic since the nature of graphs is to make information easier to understand through a visual representation.)
Having stated my problem, I also mentioned above that I’m not sure if this is me nitpicking or this points to a larger issue in terms of interpretation of this piece. The operative word here is “interpretation.” So much of what we, as designers do is try to manipulate the perception of others through visual media. Our goal is to ultimately make the viewer interpret any given media in the manner that we (and more specifically our client) want.
In a similar, albeit infinitely more abstract manner, Ben Dunkle writes an interesting post on his blog about life. In his “Comment Icons” post he raises the issue of which direction to point the “pointy part” of a comment bubble. “Which one says ‘Comments’ more directly?” he asks.
Is this nitpicking? Is there a right? Is there a wrong? Is there an answer? I think think the answer is yes. I also suspect the answer might be no. That which we do everyday as designers is subject to the personal interpretation of each individual viewer/user; try as we might, there are some things that will never be viewed as intended because each unique interpretation is shaped by the experience, culture and conuntless other factors realted to each individual viewer. In conclusion, the pointy part should point left, or at least that’s how I interpret it.
Filed under: Logo Design | Tags: design, dot, expedition, forward, ligature, logo, logogala, motion, rationale, superscript dot
The charge of this logo design actually stemmed from first developing the name. At present, the company is involved in a long-term strategic planning campaign with the ultimate goal of winning a Baldrige award. Rather than referring to everything related to this planning as “Baldrige,” the campaign needed a name, and further, it’s own identity.
The following rationale was one component of the identity standards I provided:
An expedition is a mission-oriented journey wherein the dedication, hard work and perseverance of the team involved culminates in the achievement of a clearly defined goal. It implies forward movement as well as a serious commitment of time and effort. This commitment ultimately serves to better those involved while simultaneously forging a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.
My visual concept for the logo was to very subtly imply the idea of that forward and upward movement conveyed in the name. The text was set in Cicle Italic and from there I proceeded to create the ligature “exp,” adjusted the kerning visually, changed the angle of the italic and created my own dots for the i’s. The mark is an extension of the ligature but rises above the text and points forward. The logo as a whole really visually conveys movement and I think the color scheme reinforced the idea of this noble venture.
The client was really pleased and so was I, as I really accomplished what I initially set out to do with this piece.